Week 8 College Football Pick’ems
Written by Reid Smith on October 22, 2016
Week 8 College Football Picks Against the Spread
Scribed by: Evan Hablitzel
#2 Ohio State (-19.5) at Penn State, 8 p.m.
The Buckeyes are coming off a thrilling 30-23 overtime victory at Wisconsin. Penn State
has racked up back-to-back Big Ten conference wins over Minnesota and Maryland,
which may be the sole reason their head coach, James Franklin, is still employed. The
last game Penn State played against superior competition was a Sept. 24 loss to the
Michigan Wolverines at the Big House (49-10). Expect Ohio State quarterback J.T.
Barrett and the conference’s top rushing attack (300.5 yards per game) to bring Franklin
one step closer to unemployment. Buckeyes win and cover the spread.
#6 Texas A&M (+17) at #1 Alabama, 3:30 p.m.
A road game in Tuscaloosa is a tall task for any team, but the 17-point spread is just
disrespectful to Texas A&M. Alabama is still riding high from their 49-10 thrashing of No.
9 Tennessee last Saturday, but A&M is coming off their bye week. The Aggies will be
well rested and ready to go. Alabama leads the SEC with four defensive touchdowns and
27 sacks. If the Aggies have any chance of winning, they must find a way to protect
quarterback Trevor Knight and limit turnovers. Alabama will win this football game, but
take a rested Texas A&M team and the points in this SEC West matchup.
Purdue at #8 Nebraska (-24), 3:30 p.m.
Purdue (now former) head coach Darrell Hazell was fired this week after an incredibly
unsuccessful tenure. On the other hand, the Cornhuskers keep chugging along and
improved to 6-0 with a 27-22 victory over a feisty Indiana squad. Traveling to a hostile
environment to face the No. 8 team in the country, just a week after your leader gets
ousted, is a cruel reality for the Boilermakers. No statistics need to be cited for this one.
Nebraska is a lock to cover here.
NC State at #7 Louisville (-19), Noon
NC State has been playing great football recently, beating Notre Dame and a missed
field goal away from knocking off No. 4 Clemson. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson
will look to add another stellar performance to his Heisman resume. Jackson put the
team on his back during last week’s 24-14 defeat of Duke. He racked up 325 total yards
and two touchdowns. Despite NC State’s recent success, expect Louisville to put a
beating on the ACC foe. Remember, this is the same Cardinals team that beat Florida
State 63-20 Sept. 17. Take Louisville to win and cover.